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of maneuvering by the united states written in gulf nations. syria was a united nation before they planned the split. >> reporter: a massive rally was held to express solidarity with the assad government. eddin was one of the organizers. he repeated his support for a strong government. >> translator: so many people are gathered here today. all of you are rallying behind assad. >> reporter: but a rift is emerging among the residents of golan heights. a silent protest was held against president assad. the participants are holding up blank signs. the message is stop the bloodshed. as the civil war intensifies, more people are saying publicly that they can no longer support assad. they drew the arabic word freedom by arranging candles. yamasha used to support assad. now he thinks the government is disgracing his homeland with blood. >> translator: we must topple the assad regime. as crimes by the regime have come to light, the anti-assad movement is becoming unstoppable in the golan heights as well. >> reporter: but expressing opposition can create friction. assad supporters began harassing am
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." protests against the united states have spread across the muslim world since the release of a film accused of insulting the prophet muhammad. people in several countries took to the streets again after friday prayers. indonesia has the world's largest muslim population. about 250 people gathered in front of the u.s. embassy in jakarta. authorities deployed 300 police officers to guard the compound. the rally ended after two hours without any major incident. anti-american rallies were also held in pakistan. demonstrations took place in the capital islamabad and the cities of karachi and peshawar. public anger against the united states is already strong in pakistan where u.s. air strikes targeting suspected militants regularly cause civilian casualties. >>> in egypt, several hundred demonstrators clashed with security forces near the u.s. embassy in cairo. police used tear gas to disperse the crowd. >> authorities remain on alert ahead of possible demonstrations after the friday prayers. >>> japan's prime minister wants to change how his c
with restraint. >> the united states, as a matter of policy, does not take a position with regards to competing sovereignty claims. it is extremely important that diplomatic means on both sides be used to try to constructively resolve these issues. >> demonstrators, angry at japan's purchase of the senkaku islands, have again taken to the streets of beijing. the japanese embassy in the capital is bracing for more protests and warning its citizens to be on alert. in beijing about 200 demonstrators marched in front of the embassy on monday. they waved placards and demanded that japan return the islands. but the protest was smaller than those held over the weekend. about 1,000 riot police and several hundred regular officers stood guard. they attempted to prevent the protests getting out of control. nearby streets were blocked, and police used loudspeakers to call for order. police have posted a message online calling for orderly protests. the message warns that destroying property is not patriotic and will be punished. police in the southern city of guangzhou say they have detained 11 protesters
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